Testing general relativity with laser accelerated electron beams

L. Á Gergely, T. Harko

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Abstract

Electron accelerations of the order of 1021 g obtained by laser fields open up the possibility of experimentally testing one of the cornerstones of general relativity, the weak equivalence principle, which states that the local effects of a gravitational field are indistinguishable from those sensed by a properly accelerated observer in flat space-time. We illustrate how this can be done by solving the Einstein equations in vacuum and integrating the geodesic equations of motion for a uniformly accelerated particle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLight at Extreme Intensities 2011
Pages9-12
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012
EventLight at Extreme Intensities 2011, LEI 2011 - Szeged, Hungary
Duration: Nov 14 2011Nov 18 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1462
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherLight at Extreme Intensities 2011, LEI 2011
CountryHungary
CitySzeged
Period11/14/1111/18/11

Keywords

  • electrons
  • equivalence principle
  • high intensity lasers
  • space-time singularities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Gergely, L. Á., & Harko, T. (2012). Testing general relativity with laser accelerated electron beams. In Light at Extreme Intensities 2011 (pp. 9-12). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1462). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4736750